"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The cutting edge.....

Not a finish to share today but a start. I can blame Mary over at QuiltHollow once again as I read about a new QAL starting on her blog and jumped over to Charming Chatter to join in. You see Mary emailed me to ask if I knew that Lori was having her Strawberry Fields QAL which I showed you in my last post. I have been busy though and had not been well on Monday so I am a little behind and just finished cutting my fabrics.

I am out of my comfort zone on this one! I do not normally use bright colors in my quilts but I am using the Martha's Vineyard charm packs from Susan Branch this time which are bright 1930s style colors with a plain white background. Plain white is all I had in my stash and I am only using stash for this mini quilt. I had to add a few bright fabrics from my stash as there were a few white charms with slashes of color that would not work well in this design. The piecing instructions were posted yesterday so I am off to start on it...

Now all this cutting is just the right moment to share a very special poem that a special friend wrote for me recently. It was due to my having a chronic airways infection due to an allergy. My quilting is literally making me sick but do you think I have a mind to stop? NO WAY! I hope you will enjoy this poem as much as I do and thank you so very much Angela for writing it. You are now officially published. *grins*

Alas, my hobby's blocked my nose
To find the answer I suppose
I should cut out my cutting out
For that's my problem there's no doubt

I've watched my piles of fabric teeter
As I have added just one more metre
Each one with fibres and with fluff
And little filament-y stuff

Is this what's causing me to sneeze
And making my poor breathing wheeze
Excuse my coughing, oh, don't mutter
Just pass me please my rotary cutter!

My hexagons give so much pleasure
My little dolly quilts I treasure
My samplers and my stitchalong
I can't believe these can be wrong.

Without my quilting I would pine
And all day long I'd whinge and whine
I might be fitter but my mood
Might cause me to be rather rude.

I see I need a remedy
To rid this pesky allergy
The spell is just a simple task
I need to wear a surgeons mask.

No need for counting up to three
In moonlight and beneath a tree
Give me a mask and I can play
With quilts and beaded fobs all day.

Dedicated to a devoted quilter :-)
Angela xx


Pondside said...

Cute poem!.....but big sympathy for you and that annoying allergy!
I love the new background for your blogsite - and I think I'll enjoy watching this new, bright quilt take shape.

Rhonda said...

funny poem and way too true!

I like the color combination - I really like red, blue, pink and green these days - and if I lived in the UK, I would go broke shopping at Cath Kidston :)

Maggie said...

What a great poem!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely bright colours made up :-)

Barb said...

Oh thats better putting feet up ready for the next happy dance,what shall it be ?
Hmmmm not my colours but I am sure when you put them together it will look wonderful.
what a lovely thought from Angela well done to her .
Take care
Hugs Barb

hazel c UK said...

The poem by Angela is brilliant, love the colours you are using for this new quilt, will follow it with interest.

Hope you are feeling better.
Love Hazel (UK)

Saskia said...

Defintly not Heidi fabrics..!! But I do like them.I will watch you QAL, and see how you progress. Angela has to find a publisher, and wright more poems!! LOVE it!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

What a great poem! I hope that you can find a way around the dilemma! Heidi, the fabrics that you are using are wonderful. It is going to be delightful!!


onlymehere said...

Oh no!! Quilting can't make you sick, lol! I'm so sorry to hear this. What a darling friend to write a poem for you. I love Mary and am so happy to find out that she's your friend too!

Nancy said...

I think Angela outdid herself on that poem. What a talent she has. Guess it came from being a teacher. LOL.
I'm glad you posted it.
Now, the colors you are using a a little shocking. I cannot believe you are using them. Wow, I can't wait to see the finish. I have to trust you though.
Love you, Mom
PS: I am still going ha ha ha haha. I love it when I am right. haha

Elizabethd said...

Very clever. Whata shame you are suffering so....and with fabric too, unbelievable!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I look forward to following your progress on the QAL

Margaret said...

What a great poem.

Looking forward to seeing your 'Out Of My Zone' quilt.

DonnaTN said...

What a great poem that Angela wrote for you! The QAL will be fun for you. I love the teapot header!

Jenny said...

What a clever poem...it made me smile. The allergies are definitely not cute and I hope you are okay...they can be so troublesome. However there is nothing like starting a new project to but a smile in your heart and a skip in your step..grins..the new little quilt will be beautiful and cheery and I am anxious to see how it all comes together. Here's to a happy day of quilting for you.

Sandra Henderson said...

Your blog is always a breath of fresh air for me. Thank you. :)

Jackie's Stitches said...

I think they'll be Heidi fabrics by the time you've finished this project. You color choices are always so perfect.

Ginny said...

All your projects make me tired! You are so productive. I've no doubt this quilt will be wonderful, as yours always are.

Great poem, that I'm sure makes you laugh in the face of your allergy.

Christine said...

Clever poem! I love the retro brights for this new quilt

Elly said...

Is deze post echt van jou Heidi? Ik zie heel veel kleur. Leuk! Ben benieuwd hoe het eruit gaat zien. Wordt je al vrolijk van al die kleurtjes? Hugs en goed weekend.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

LOVE your fabric - it's going to be so cute in this quilt - so I'm excited that you're out of your comfort zone! And, thanks for sharing the poem! It made me smile!

Kaaren said...

Excellent poem and how fitting!

I think your little quilt will look smashing done in those fabrics. They are so fresh and retro-looking. I know you have really stepped out of your comfort zone with these colors but who knows...you just might fall in love with the look when it's done.

Maybe you can decorate your new guest/Mom's room in your new house around this quilt. You just never know.

Susan in SC said...

Can't wait to see the quilt you are creating. I know it will be lovely!

Littlebit said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry about that allergy.
And thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog.
I'm the same way, not too many brights, though I have a ton of Mary Englebriet fabrics I want to use for a quilt at some point, probably for my youngest granddaughter, but I absolutely love the balance you have in those fabrics and cannot wait to see what becomes of them.

Elyte said...

I look forward to seeing the finished quilt. There are quite a few bloggers doing this project. Like the poem and really love your new header photo. I hope you find a solution to your quilting allergy.
Elyte SQT

Siobhán said...

That fabric combo is perfect for summer! All you need is a slice of watermelon to eat as you work on it, and it'll be perfect. ;) I'll enjoy watching your QAL progress. :)

I love that poem!! Definitely perfect for you!

Linda said...

I like the bright and cheery fabric, I know it's going to wonderful.....SB is a favorite of mine....it will be fun seeing this come to life. Cute, cute poem and just perfect for you. Angela has wonderful way with words.....hugs, Linda

Deb said...

Isn't that a darling quilt! Such a cute poem, too. Sigh...you're loved, Heidi. That's enough to cure anyone...:] Was it fabric fuzz that got to you??

Anonymous said...

Checking in here this morning and spotted your blaming me again. Hee!! Have fun with it. I can tell you that I already messed up with the cutting!

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

My computer is really working again, hurray! I could even post an entry on my blog, wow!
Angela made you a great poem, it must give you a 'royal' feeling that there is a poem dedicted to you, grins!
Enjoy the new quilt!

Have a nice week & hugs, Carolien

Carolien said...

Soory, I meant to write: dedicated!!!

Hugs, Carolien

angelasweby said...

I love the Susan Branch fabrics. Like you, these are not my usual range of colours but these are so full of lively energy you can almost imagine them quilting themselves...haha! Get a move on, they're saying. We're raring to go...haha!

I'm so glad you like the poem. I could visualize you all the time I was writing it. I know there is no hope for you Heidi :>) You are too addicted to your grand passion (no not Jos) quilting, I mean :>) Not that I blame you. I am just the same with my stitching.
Angela xx

Jackie said...

The poem made me laugh. Send the author my regards. we can all relate egh! I hope you feel better now. Waiting to see your quilt.